Monday, 28 September 2009

",,, And your little dog too!"

Anyone who's recently had the misfortune to have passed through the bucolic paradise that is my hometown of Ashington recently would be forgiven for thinking that they'd taken a wrong turn at the bottom of the spine road and was travelling through a town by the name of 'ASDA'. Such is the size of the wholesale development that the supermarket giant is engaged in on top of the site that was once the legendary Portland Park football ground. This, if any was needed is proof that big business can now ride rough-shod over any council or community they like simply by using the weight of currency and the promise of local 'regeneration'. The Portland Park site was admittedly almost defunct and in danger of becoming derelict but was still once a huge community draw and was designated as not for re-development. However it seems as though the current ASDA site, ironically and literally on the opposite side of the road and not 40 yards from the Football Club is no longer enough to service the shopping needs of it's clientele and a larger 'Mega' ASDA is being birthed. Part of the deal that greased council into approving it's construction was another current favourite in the age of the economic downturn, the an area owned by ASDA near the site, they promise, will be designated for the building of more 'affordable' housing. But how many times have you heard that? It's as though the certainty of separate development evidently allows Asda to thrive and veto any previous council resolutions. But ASDA have also promised that this will be much more than another much needed 'Super-Hyper-Market', no, no. This will be a 21st century 'consumer delivery destination hub' and the 'affordable' housing promised will NOT be just another one of those faceless lumps of transatlantic gated paranoia that seem to be cropping up in this country with an alarming regularity, who's residents are mainly noted for the fact that they don't actually live there. The architectural practice that Asda have engaged as master planners to oversee this brave new world of Soma delivery have described their vision as being 'inherently sustainable'. They have indulged in the type of phrasing and syntax that seems so emptily-acceptable in these times, sentences littered with vaccuous claims of 'careful siteing,' 'innovative design,' 'holistic approach,' 'lifetime appraisal,' 'pro-active sustainability,' 'innovative design solutions,' sustainable, sustainabulous, sustainastic, sustaian-a-licious, sustainicle, sustainia. But this is simply architectural correctness, there cannot be a single architect left on earth that fails to proclaim the mantra of sustainability in everything he touches with his slide rule. Sustainable, which means whatever you want it to mean. Green. So green it rubs off on your fingers and stains your eyes. So green it leeks down the front of your shirt. It's a Slogan of conformist unoriginality matched only by the interchangeable glossy foamo structures nearly all these people seem to design. It's also, in this instance risible seeing as the site that this lot is being dumped on has held so many memories for the local population. Sustainability, for me, seems to mean everything from the bacon I buy to the paper I read, to the paper I flush down the toilet! How can these things and a supermarket share the same 'sustainable' characters? The very act of making a building is energy hungry and vastly wasteful, even if the building is an eco-igloo built of fair trade otter droppings, hand reclaimed ethical vegan meat, carbon neutral panda scraps, organic yogurt blocks and recycled avocado face wipes. The only truly sustainable future is one where we do not build. Do not build, bodge. Make do and mend. It has long seemed preferable to have a moratorium on construction, on it's selfishly disruptive sites, on it's noise, on it's luminous operatives with they're hard hatted code of courtesy, it's illusion of progress and it's huge profits for the fat walleted few. Of course that's just wishful thinking, for now. But every cloud has an entirely organic silver lining and the predictable collapse of the souffle economy that supported the construction industry has initiated an era of abandoned projects and cancelled schemes. The developers vanity has been rudely dampened, but to see if it's been totally extinguished well have to wait and see. Watch that space. There,,, that one. The grassy hill you watched The Colliers play football on as a child. Watch that space there.

First up, a little bit of housekeeping. A few tracks that we posted up a while back that people have been e-mailing us about seeing as the links have expired of we took them down for one reason or another. Enjoy.

Laughing Light Of Plenty * The Rose

Adriano Celentano - Prisencolinensinainci (Greg Wilson Ruff Edit)

Cwerzone - Gitary (Jackpot Edit)

Motor City Drum Ensemble - Raw Cuts 2

Moodymann * J.A.N.

Estro knetter - Siberia (Luciano Remix)

Mixtape time now and this weeks offering comes from the legend that is Trevor Jackson.Trevor started his career designing record covers in the late eighties for the likes of Todd Terry, The Jungle Brothers and the Stereo MCs before he moved onto remixing high profile artists such as Massive Attack, UNKLE, Run DMC, U2 and The Sabres Of Paradise in his guise as 'Underdog'. He's also set up a handful of great record labels including Bite It (The Brotherhood, Lewis Parker etc) and the truly seminal Output Recordings. Through Output, Trevor released music from some of the last decades most well respected artists such as Four Tet, Black Strobe and Colder and also played no small part in helping install DFA Recordings as a major force by distributing acts like The Rapture and LCD Soundsystem in the U.K. and Europe. Jackson wound Output up in 2006 and has since been working on a number of new projects. Not just a label head and designer, Jackson has also carved out a very decent reputation as a remixer and DJ releasing an amazing 'DJ Kicks' album on K7! back in 20002 as well as drawing glowing praise still today for the productions under his Playgroup moniker. Jackson has continued to work at the vanguard of audio and visual culture for over 20 years and his design and moving-image work has been exhibited at the Barbican, ICA, Guggenheim as well as at The Baltic here in Newcastle and graced countless seminal record covers. With its emphasis on visual as much as musical artistry and innovation, Jackson’s art direction gave Output its unique and immediate visual identity, one intimately and inextricably linked to the groundbreaking records it released and distributed. In fact Jackson's Output label set a such a high aesthetic standard that prompted a number of critics to declare it this decade’s equivalent to Factory. His early work also featured in Cynthia Rose’s influential 'Design After Dark: The Story of Dancefloor Style.'After 10 years and 100 releases, Jackson closed Output. The 2007 'I Hate Music CD/DVD' compiles some of the label’s most notable offerings. Jackson still remains an in-demand producer, remixer and DJ, and has recently worked with the likes of the Gossip, Doves, Franz Ferdinand and has just released an amazing 18 minute remix for DJ Hell.Anyhow, this is a cracking good 'party mix' from a couple of years back where Trevor takes us through a large chunk of his record collection by way of everything from hip-hop, electro, post-punk, new wave, disco, house, and funk it is all thrown together in classic high temp party mode. An absolute stormer mix.

Intro: Jellybean - Was Dog A Doughnut
Special Request - Salsa Smurf
BeSide & Fab 5 Freddy - Change The Beat (French Rap)
Will Powers - Adventures In Success (Instrumental)
Material - Reduction
Grand Master Flash & The Furious Five- The Message
Tom Tom Club - Genius of Love
Sly & Robbie - Boops (Here To Go)
23 Skidoo - Coup
K9 Corp - Dog Talk
Kraftwerk - Trans Europe Express
Donald Banks - Status Quo
Spoonie G - Love Rap
Davy Dmx - One For The Treble
Malcolm Mclaren - Hobo Scratch (She's Looking Like A Hobo)
Grace Jones - Pull Up To The Bumper
Coati Mundi - Me No Popeye
Grandmaster Flash & The Furious Five - Flash To The Beat
Indeep - Last Night a DJ Saved My Life
Newcleus - Jam On Revenge (Wikki Wikki Song)
Whodini - Mr. Magic's Wand
Malcom Mclaren - Buffalo Girls
Konk - Konk Party
Harlequin Four - Set It Off
Fun Boy Three - Faith, Hope & Charity
Sugarhill Gang - Rappers Delight
Grand Master Flash - The Adventures Of Grand Master Flash On The Wheels Of Steel
Chic - Good Times
Blondie - Rapture
Sparkle - Handsome Man
Kurtis Blow - The Breaks
Tilt - Arcade Funk
Futura 2000 - The Adventures Of Futura 2000
Double Trouble - Stoop Rap
Manu Dibango - Soul Makossa
Nairobi and The Awesome Foursome - Soul Makossa
War - Galaxy
Onenesss Of Juju - Everyway But Loose
Liquid Liquid - Cavern
Grandmaster Flash & Melle Mel - White Lines (Don't Do It)
Time Zone - The Wildstyle
CD III - Success (Instrumental)
C.O.D. - In The Bottle
Interboro Rhythm Team - Watch The Closing Doors
The Clash - Magnificent Dance
High Fidelity 3 - B Boys Breakdance
Man Parrish - Boogie Down Bronx
Man Parrish - Hip Hop Be Bop
Herbie Hancock - Rockit
Nitro Deluxe- Lets Get Brutal
C-Bank - One More Shot
Rochelle - My Magic Man
Dominatrix - Dominatrix Sleeps Tonight
Newcleus - Jam On It
Serious Intention - You Don't Know
Talking Heads - Once In a Life Time
Scritti Politti - Wood Beez (Acapella)
Art of Noise - Beat Box
Loose Joints - Is It All Over My Face
Imagination (Acapella) - D-Train - You're The One For Me
David Joseph - You Can't Hide Your Love
Freeze - I.O.U.
Shannon - Let The Music Play
Yellow Magic Orhestra - Computer Games
West Street Mob - Breakdance (Electric Boogie)
Arthur Baker - Breakers Revenge
The Rolling Stones - Too Much Blood (Arthur Baker Dub)
Yazoo - Situation
Cybertron - Clear
Hashim - Al-Naayfish
Laid Back - White Horse
Prince - Erotic City
Alexander Robotnick - Problemes D'amour
Quango Quango - Love Tempo
George Kranz - Din Daa Daa
A Certain Ratio - Shack Up
Planet Rock - Africka Bambaataa
Information Society - Running
Yello - Bostich
Konk - Your Life
Klein and Mbo - Dirty Talk
Modern Romance - Can You Move
Tom Tom Club - Wordy Rappinhood
KC Flight - Let's Get Jazzy
Jamie Principle - Baby Wants To Ride
The Flirts - Passion
Was (Not Was) - Out Come The Freaks
Spandau Ballet - Chant # 1 (I Don't Need This Pressure On)
Prepare To Energize - Torch Song
Bobby O - Native Beat
Bobby O - Still Hot 4 You
Nona Hendryx Feat. The Cage - Do What You Wanna Do
Giorgio Moroder - Evolution
Eddy Grant - Timewarp
A Number of Names - Shari Vari
Lipps Inc - Funky Town
Atmosphere – Dancin' In Outer Space
Bush Tetras - You Can't Be Funky
The Slits - Heard It Through The Grapevine
ESG - Moody
The Jam - Precious
New Order - Blue Monday
Kraftwerk - Tour De France
Egyptian Lover - Egypt Egypt
Ledernacken - Amok
Jah Wobble's Invaders Of The Heart - Invaders Of The Heart
Delta 5 - Mind Your Own Business
James White and The Blacks - Contort Yourself
Dinosaur L - Go Bang
Soft Cell - Memorabilia
Sylvester - Do U Wanna Funk
Donna Summer - I Feel Love
Human League - Sound Of The Crowd
B52's - Planet Claire
Elvis Costello - (I Don't Wanna Go To) Chelsea
Ian Dury - Wake Up and Make Love
Rolling Sones - Miss You
Mikey Dread - Saturday Night Style
Pigbag - Papas Got a Brand New Pigbag
Double Dee & Steinski – Lesson 1
Coldcut - Say Kids
Afrika Bambaata & Jazzy Jay - Death Mix
Run Dmc - Sucker MC's
Tears For Fears - Shout (Acapella)
Word of Mouth - King Kut
Biz Markie - Nobody Beats The Biz
EPMD - It's My Thing
Schooly D - Saturday Night
Boogie Down Productions - South Bronx
Fred Wesley & The JB's - Blow Your Head
Big Daddy Kane - Raw
Rob Base & DJ Easy Rock - It Takes Two
Sugar Bear - Don't Scandalize Mine
Uptown - Dope On Plastic
Danny Krivit - Rock The House
Visage - Pleasure Boys (Dub)
Frankie Bones - And The Break Goes Again
Todd Terry - Bango
Richie Rich - Salsa House
Roberta Flack - Uh Uh Oh Look Out (Steve Silk Hurley Mix)
Adonis - No Way Back
Electribe 101 - Talking With Myself
Impedence - Tainted Love
DSK- What Would We Do
D-Shake - Techno Trance
The Beat Club - Security
Renegade Soundwave - The Phantom
Shut Up and Dance - Lamborghini
Prince - Purple Rain Intro
Yellow Magic Orchestra - Firecracker
Twin Hype - For Those Who Like To Groove
Baby Ford - Occhie Coochie
Dionne - Come and Get My Lovin'
LNR - Work It To The Bone
Earth People - Dance
Wish Feat. Fonda Rae - Touch Me (All Night Long)
Lisa Lisa and The Cult Jam - I Wonder If I Take You Home
Maze - Twilight
Michael Jackson - Billie Jean
Robert Palmer - You are In My System
Cameo - Word Up
Gwen Guthrie - Peanut Butter
Nu Shooz - I Can't Wait
Fresh 4 - Wishing On a Star
Faze O - Ridin' High
Soul 2 Soul - Fairplay
Soul 2 Soul - Keep On Movin
Prince - If I Was Your Girlfriend
Loose ends - Hangin On a String
Carly Simon - Why
Janet Kay - Silly Games
Shinehead - Billie Jean

Trevor Jackson - Playgroup Partymix.

Till next time.
Big love, Moogar X.

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Saturday, 19 September 2009

The Village Newspaper Of Acid House


I'll come clean, straight away, it was only a matter of time, no, it was in evitable that I would write a sprawling magnum opus of what was, in my humble opinion, one of the most influential and important record labels and production/remix outfits of the early 90's. My enthusiasm for the Boys Own label is outstripped only by that of Mossad agents visiting elderly Germans living in Venezuela or fat dogs for farting. They're early releases and parties have informed the lion share of my musical history since and are more than a little responsible for my love of intermittently subjecting the patrons of clubs round the country to my own brand of musical tomfoolery.
Anyhow, here's the science,,,,

Prior to being a record label, Boys Own started out in the heady, strike ridden good times of the mid 80's simply as a fanzine, set up by Andrew Waetherall, Terry Farley, Simon Eccles and Steve Mayes. The fanzine mainly featured the usual lads nonsense, stuff about clobber, football and club news. It was influenced in no little way by footy fanzines of the time coming out of Manchester and Liverpool, notably 'The End' which was co-written by Peter Hooton of The Farm. Around 1989 Weatherall was well on the way to establishing himself as a DJ of some repute and was a regular jock at Danny Ramplings seminal London club 'Shoom' and as Acid House/Balearica was taking hold he was asked to remix Primal Scream's 'Loaded' and 'Hallelujah' by Happy Mondays. Around the same time, Terry Farley was asked to remix The Farms 'Stepping Stone' and 'Groovy Train'. These remixes were the first to be credited to 'Boys Own' productions and it was this initial success and a small amount of backing from London Records that enabled 'Boys Own Productions' to set up stall in the summer of 1990. The first release was 'Raise' from Bocca Juniors. Named after the Argentine football team that Maradonna and countless other South American flair merchants played for, Bocca Juniors was essentially a DJ/Production dream-team of Weatherall, Farley, Heller and Hugo Nicholson. The Thrashing Doves sampling piano anthem was what could be considered a small hit and it's success ensured the label would continue growing, gaining a healthy following and boosting it's roster of talent to include the likes of Darren Price, One Dove, Underworld, Rocky & Diesel, Darren Emmerson and Underworld. Sadly, and perhaps because he had different projects to pursue and due to the labels output becoming increasingly hallmarked by the NY house/US Garage sound preferred by Farley, Heller and Steve Hall, Weatherall was the first to leave the 'Boys Own' crew to set up his own label and band, Sabres Of Paradise. JBO still managed to put of some very noteworthy records during this time, Outrages, 'That Piano Track/Drives Me Crazy', Ashley Beedle's, 'Black Science Orchestra' tracks to name but a couple, but for me, the label never again reached anywhere near the quality of it's early releases. But still, the spirit and attitude that the label was shot through with can still be felt today. They directly inspired Charlie Chester and Dean Thatcher to set up their 'Cowboy Records' imprint in 92' and countless clubs, most notibly the likes of Back 2 Basics in Leeds and The Social in London owe no small debt of gratitude to the Boys Own ideal.
And even though 'Boys Own Productions' no longer exists as the name of the label (it now operates under the less evocative handle of 'Junior (London)' and still uses 'JBO' as a logo on more commercial releases.) it's legacy is still felt today. In the right places of course.

Just to prove that I'm not wanting hog all love the for Boys Own crew, good friend of Tourist and local DJ/Promoter/raconteur Kristian Atkinson of Newcastles 'Jukebox' night also weighed in on the recent release of 'Acid house, Scrapes & Capers: The Complete Fanzines 86 - 92' across at his rather good 'Splash One' blog. Here's an excerpt:

"While fishing around in Beatdown records at the weekend I came across a copy of the just released replica Boys Own fanzine. Which has been issued as a promo tool for the forthcoming 20 years of Boys Own/Jr Boys Own (my God is it that long ago!!) compilation album - titled 'Boys Own Odyssey - Acid House Scrapes and Capers'. Also released is what looks like a must have book that collects together the complete Boys Own fanzines from 86 to 92 - the stuff of legend. For those of you that may not know what the hell I'm talking about...

Boys Own was the name given to a collective of like-minded DJ's and wideboys at the back end of the 80's. These wideboys just so happened to kick start a British revolution in response to both the explosion of House music happening stateside and some less savory British takes on the emergent youth quake.
Boys own established a true underground culture from which their take on House could thrive, and their Boys Own fanzine was instrumental in this. Taking some initial influence from Liverpool football/Casual fanzine The End, the boys Own posse added a more open ended manifesto to their pages. A truly hedonistic call to arms but almost mod in it's outlook and attitude. The core posse was made up of Terry Farley, Andrew Weatherall, Steve maze and Cymon Eckles and from fanzine to the first documented outdoor raves to a groundbreaking British record label - not to mention a load of truly life changing records, BO in there time were some serious geezers.


The label JBO brought the likes of stadium house giants The Chemical brothers, Underworld and X-Press 2 into the world, but there's so much more than that in the JBO story. And everyone has their own take or their own preferences. For me it's all about a hand full of boundary breaking genre smashing life affirming moments, most of them involve Andrew Weatherall - still one of my hero's to this day.
Things like...

• Bocca Juniors 'Raise' a tune that still makes the hair on the back of my neck stand up. This band was basically the Boys Own super group.

• Andrew Weatherall's remix of 'Soon' by My Bloody Valentine, this came out on creation but was later featured on a box set of Junior Boys Own's essential label related picks. Essential is definitely one word to describe this music, another two would be 'life changing'.

• One Dove's cover version of Dolly Parton's Jolene, underrated Scottish indie dance wonders One Dove take the Dollywood classic and turn it into an epic Dub House masterpiece - all under the guiding hand of yes... Andrew Weatherall. One Dove's singer Dot Alison went on to make some brilliant solo albums and work with Death in Vegas.

• Terry Farley's sublime and 'last word' remix of Primal Screams 'Loaded' the tune that cracked open the last resistance of indie kids to house music.

• Black Science Orchestra's 'New Jersey Deep' out and out classic of it's era.

• The Chemical brothers 'Leave Home' from their beginnings as the Dust Brothers (not the US Dust brothers) there was always something special about these two geeks, you cant argue with this.

• Ballistic brothers 'Peckings' this joyous slice of neo Ska came from their 'London Hooligan Soul' album which managed to distill all of the bands influences from the Jam and The Clash through Ska and Dub to Jazz Funk and deep house.

• DSK - 'What Would We Do' - total headrush anthem that was recently sampled by grime star Wiley on his smash hit 'Rolex'.

• Substance - another killer track by Bocca Juniors, that still sounds soooo exciting - beamed in from a punk rock house nation in outer-space. The sleeve is fantastic too.

• ONLY LOVE CAN BREAK YOUR HEART - Weatherall mix, those who know it know it, i hope you know it. Beautiful. Bliss. Heavenly. Perfection. Actually came out on St Etienne's Heavenly label but it fit's into the JBO scrapbook so perfectly that nitpicking is irrelevant.

• Happy Mondays 'Hallelujah' Club mix - the most important rock 'n' roll band of the acidhousequake era get the Boys own treatment (a colab between Weatherall and Oakenfold), not that they needed it as they were on that wavelength anyway. GENIUS

There's loads of others, you may have your own, but those are mine.
I never had any of the original fanzines so it'll be interesting to read some of Weatherall's old ramblings, and to get a sneaky read of some frontline banter from back in the day.
Also Splash One cohort Mike Porter bought one of the original Boys Own Clockwork Orange style logo T-shirts at the time. He has still got it and over the years I've offered him money, even the very fine sartorial authority - Eleven clothing Emporium in Sunderland have offered him cash so they can frame it on the wall, so iconic and strong a symbol of a great time now lost is that classic T-shirt that people who lived through the era melt at the mere sight of that graphic.
So then this compilation and book, a tiny reminder of some good time's past.
But all said and done fuck it and live for today looking to tomorrow - don't spend too much time looking back - it's what they they would have wanted."

Kristian DJ's at and promotes Jukebox at The Other Rooms in Newcastle every Friday and writes for the Splash One Blog.


Acid House - Scrapes And Capers: The Complete Fanzines 86-92 can be bought from the excellent website simply by clicking here.

Thanks again to Kristian for letting us use his piece and as ever, till next time. "Better dead than an acid ted!"
Big Love. Moogar. X.

P.S. As a late inclusion here's a recent mix from Andrew Weatherall himself. Live on the Electro Nation show on Kink FM. Just click to download.

Andrew Weatherall: Live on Kink FM.

This sporting Life

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After the success of last months 'Letters To The Editors' feature we thought we'd roll it out again for another outing.... and coz we couldn't be arsed to write anything cohesive. Anyhoo, here it is, back by (un)popular demand.

Letters To The Editors. Vol 2.

Dear lads,
I'm a professional footballer, right. I earn approximately £1.5 million quid a year and in return for that I have a duty to maintain my body at the peak of fitness every day of my working life. I train for a minimum of 6 hours a morning, swim for a further two and work out in the gym every other evening. I don't smoke or drink and I steer well clear of fatty foods such as pork and bacon. I have my heart rate and blood pressure carefully monitored by a team of experts twice a week. My personal trainer maintains that I am the healthiest human specimen he's ever had the privilege to work with. I have a beautiful wife, Linda and two wonderful children, Simon who's six and little Farrah who's nearly three. I drive a Mercedes and live in a large house on the Surry borders. I'll probably pack it in at 33, by which time I'll be a multi millionaire.
Makes you sick dunnit!!
Keith Twattist, Smug, Surry.

Dear chaps,
What's all this I hear about some bloke earning a fortune claiming to have invented the cat's eye. Bloody cheek! That was one of mine. Do you think I'd go to the trouble of doing a cat and then not give the fucking thing a set of eyes? Cats, dogs, trees, whelks, sheep, gravel, all manner of flora and fauna - they were all my idea. Sort yourselves out before I send you a hefty invoice for the lot. Now go in peace or I'll invent a 700 ton hedgehog. And don't think I wouldn't. I've had it up to here with you lot. Alright! That is my word etc, etc. Cheers!
God, Heaven.

Hew, yee's,
My doctor tells me I don't know my arse from my elbow. 'Course I don't man,' I said, 'that's your job'. I don't expect you to know how to fix a telly, do I? Just as well he said, cos mine bust. Cheeky bastard. Anyway, turned out the tube had gone so i flogged him a new one for a pony. Good job someone knows what they're doing, eh?
Lou Ferringo, Heaton.

Dear lads,
I'm a big bloke, 17 and a half stone. I like my grub and I'm not adverse to the odd pint or 14 from time to time. I've always been on the large side since I was a youth. I'm 25 on Thursday and I think it's about time for a total lifestyle rethink. I looked at myself in the mirror the other day and it suddenly dawned on me that I'm not operating at my full potential. Simply put, I feel there's a thin person inside me trying to get out. Blimey! I thought to myself, I don't remember eating that! Anyway, tell me, how can I get rid of the bastard for a couple of hours while I nip down the cafe for a plate of chips and a cuppa with 7 sugars? Oh and get ya skates on fams. I'm bloody famished! Nice one lads.
Fat John. Cheddar Gorge. South Devon.

As always we've got a bunch of cracking tunes for you to download again this week. Some sunny carnival vibes from 'Gramophonedize' as they party up Peggy Lee's vocals to great effect. There's mutant electronic disco from Michael Moorcock who gets put through the Ivan Smagghe treatment in a big way! Some fresh soul sounds from Whitney houston as 'Italians Do It Better' label boss Mike Simonetti edits her excellent 'Million Dollar Bill' track. There's something really rather special next as Radioslave give DJ Hell's P. Diddy sampling 'The DJ' a mamoth 28 minute remix! Finally, we finnish off with an absolute belter and contender for one of my favourite tracks so far this year with Marvin Gaye's 'Heavy Love Affair' being rubbed, shined and polished up by 'The Revenge'. Storming stuff so hope you enjoy.

Gramophonedzie - Why Dont You

Michael Moorcock - Time Center (Ivan Smagghe Rough Edit)

Whitney Houston - Million Dollar Bill (Mike Simonetti's Italians Do It Better Edit)

DJ Hell Feat. P Diddy - The DJ (Radio Slave Remix)

Marvin Gaye - Heavy Love Affair (The Revenge Edit)

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It's Sunday evening here up here round Tourist Towers, and that means one thing: Chinese food! Well, sometimes it means that, and sometimes it just means that it's not Friday or Saturday, and that makes us sad. But no sadness tonight, instead we've got some stone cold solid soul vibes for y'all! There has been an almost deafening buzz and no small amount of hype around Mayer Hawthorne since his debut on the ever reliable 'Stones Throw' label,' Just Ain't Gonna Work Out', dropped late last year. A real soul revitalizer with a sound more organic than fresh herbs and spices, Michigan born singer Hawthorne creates some of the best new soul music I've heard in a very long time. The fact that Hawthorne is a 30 year old white kid from Ann Arbor looks more geek than soul makes him even more unique. On top of that he plays all the instruments himself and handles most of the production duties too. I'd ramble on more about Hawthorne given half a chance but that takeaway isn't going to phone itself and to be fair, I’m a far poorer salesperson for Mayer Hawthorne than his music is. If you listen, it should sell itself to you. Enjoy!

Mayer Hawthorne - Maybe So, Maybe No

Mayer Hawthorne - Just Aint Gonna Work

Till next time.
Big Love. Moogar. X

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Monday, 14 September 2009

Hip-Hop stuff. 84 to 94 innit!

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Here's some music to evoke memories of Saturday afternoons spent buying Adidas 'Gazelles' or Puma 'Dallas' for a tenner on the sale rails outside of JD Sports on the top of Nothumberland street before heading off down to 'Hitsville' to pick up some rekkids then popping ya head in at 'Volume' to see if there's owt ye missed there. After that it's along to 'Tiffs for a couple of hours of getting ya clothes dirty on the floor, then the bus home, hoping you've still got enough YTS pay left for a Big Mac and to go half's on a 16th of red seal.

"Loud like a Magnum pop!"


Schoolly D * Saturday Night (From 'Saturday Night' 1986)

Schoolly D * Dis Groove Is Bad (B-Side of 'Parkside 5-2' 1987)

Public Enemy * Public Enemy No 1. (From 'Yo! Bum Rush The Show' 1987)

Main Source * Watch Roger Do His Thang (From 'Breaking Atoms' 1990)

Gang Starr * Check The Technique (From 'Step In The Arena' 1991)

Jeru the Damaja * Can't Stop The Prophet (From 'The Sun Rises In The
East' 1994)

Jewel T * I Like It Loud (From the 'I Like It Loud' 12" 1988)

Ice T & Chris The Glove Taylor * Reckless (From the Reckless/Tibetan Jam 12" 1984)

Eric B And Rakim * Lyrics Of Fury (From 'Follow The Leader' 1988)

Kool G Rap & Polo * Poison (From 'Road To The Riches' 1988)

JVC Force * Strong Island (From the 'Strong Island' 12" 1987)

Big Daddy Kane * Raw (From the 'Raw' 12" 1987)

LL Cool J * Rock The Bells (From 'Radio' 1985)

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Big Love.
Moogar. X.

Sunday, 13 September 2009

David Macuso Presents: The Loft Vol 1 & Vol 2.

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In my personal opinion, a good DJ should have the basis of his appeal firmly rooted in the choice of music he plays, his range and how he allows one track to relate to another.
In this day and age when many DJ's are more likely to try to impress with technical ability, as opposed to their skill in selecting music, it is a breath of fresh air to dust of an old collection like this that has the emphasis very much on the music. The legendary loft parties that were held in David Mancuso's New York apartment, first in the late sixties, and concluding some thirty years later in 1998, were a melting pot and gathering place for some of the city's most innovative pioneers of the New York club scene over this period. It is testimony to the impression made by Mancuso's weekly Saturday night gatherings, that such current players as Danny Krivit and Francois K of NYC's Body & Soul, pay homage to what Mancuso achieved in the extensive sleeve notes that came with this record, and their respect is apparent.
The music it's self is an utter joy to listen to, even despite the poor quality of my copy but STILL never fails to surprise. It is to all intents and purposes a brief family tree of club music in New York over a thirty year period. The first side kicks off with Risco's 'Ain't No Stopping Us', and moves into a very laid back disco sound. Although the CDs copy I've posted is unmixed, the the flow of the music seems almost totally seamless, and this is purely down to the choice and order of the tracks. From what I have read of The Loft, this pretty much captures the vibe of the place, and Mancuso's musical philosophy and I suspect that this is the inherent beauty of this collection.
And as with all the great compilations, if you are into music, and have an open mind, you can grantee you will find amongst it's tracks, a track that is an existing favourite that you didn't realise/know the name of and even better, you're bound to find one or two more that will be sure to become favourites.
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I initially ripped the vinyl of this but on listening back to it the quality of the recording, due to my criminal lack of care and general shoddy storage of the record, is pretty bad. All crackles and some naughty scratches. So I've posted an excellent quality copy of the CD which I got from the peeps at the excellent 'Simply Good Music' blog and would highly recommend that anyone with a passing interest in this type of stuff have a quick look across at it. Anyway, download links below and the password for the files is 'simplygoodmusic'. Enjoy.

David Mancuso Presents: The Loft. Vol 1. (Side 1)

1. Ain't No Stoppin' Us Now * Risco Connection
2. Is It All Over My Face * Loose Joints
3. Spirits In It * Patti LaBelle
4. Get Ready For The Future * Winners
5. Life On Mars * Dexter Wansel
6. Say A Prayer For Two * Crown Heights Affair
7. Love Money * Funk Masters
8. Love Honey Love Heartache * Man Friday
9. Serious Sirius Space Party * Ednah Holt

David Mancuso Presents: The Loft. Vol 1. (Side 2)

1. Yellow Train * Resonance
2. Mystery Of Love * Fingers Inc.
3. Devotion * Ten City
4. High Priestess * Karma
5. Soul Makossa * Manu Dibango
6. City Country City * War
7. Stay Free * Ashford & Simpson
8. Rude Movements * Sun Palace
9. Aeo * Brian Briggs

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Whoop! Wait a minute!! BONUS!!

Just managed to lay my hands on a CD rip of Vol 2. So again, rather than subject you to my crackling vinyl, here it is in all it's remastered glory. Same deal as before. Password to unlock the files is the same again, 'simplygoodmusic'.

David Mancuso Presents: The Loft Vol 2. (Side 1.)

1. House Party * Fred Wesley
2. Can't Fake The Feeling * Geraldine Hunt
3. LOVE Got A Hold On Me * Demis Roussos
4. Keep On * D-Train
5. How Much Are They * Jah Wobble & Jaki Liebezeit with Holger Czukay
6. Woman * Barabas & OD1
7. Notice Me * Sandee
8. Los Conquistadores Chocolates * JohnnyHammond
9. Can't Live Without Your Love * Tamiko Jones
10. Girl You Need A Change Of Mind * Eddie Kendricks

David Mancuso Presents: The Loft Vol 2. (Side 2.)

1. Nervous Track * NuYorican Soul
2. Harmonica Track * Soulboy
3. 212 North 12th * Salsoul Orchestra
4. No 5 (Go Bang) * Dinosaur L
5. Set Fire To Me * Willie Colon
6. Chapter Three * Joe Gibbs
7. Walk On Air * Holy Ghost
8. Macho City * Steve Miller Band
9. Little Fluffy Clouds * The Orb
10. Rain * Dorothy Morrison

Till next time.
Big Love. Moogar. X.

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Saturday, 12 September 2009

Larry Levan: Live At The Paradise Garage. 1979.

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Righty-O then, up till now the mixes we've posted this week have taken in everything from Northern Soul, Rare Groove, Electro, Techno and Nu Wave, now it's time for another of my favourite collections with this excellent mix of Soul and Disco.
The late Larry Levan ruled New York City's mythic Garage for 11 years until it closed in 1987, and this handsome collection nails down one night of Garage vibes as well as anything I've heard.
'Larry Levan Live at the Paradise Garage', recorded in 1979, is a rare document of the man himself and some vintage disco tracks. A lot of modern clubbers will be surprised to hear the amount of vocals, horns, strings, rough-cut segues — and miles more soul than most of the faceless, airbrushed tech-house that dominates today's clubs and mix CD's.
As the name suggests, the mix was recorded live at the New York club in 1979 and as far as I'm aware, this is the only official mix that has been made commercially available and is absolutely essential for anyone interested in the disco/house music and nightclub scene of this time. The mix was initially produced for those that had the pleasure of living the garage. They were black, white, straight, gay and everything in between. The people who made the paradise garage the legend it came to be today. But at the same time this mix is also for those who could not experience the music, energy & the magic. So there you have it a piece of musical history for you to enjoy again & again.
Levan was one of the resident DJ's at The Garage and at one time or another during the 1970s and ’80s was also the host at the Loft, Studio 54, and Better Days along with other clubs in the Manhattan area along with being the Friday night DJ at Club Zanzibar in Newark for a some time.
'Larry Levan Live at the Paradise Garage' is a 92 minute tape of a mix recorded live at the Garage in the Winter of '79. The set is divided over two CD's and was put out by Levan’s mother and Mel Cheren who was one of the few record company executives to tune in to the underground dance scene long before it was commercialised to death as disco in the late 1970s and he played a number of important roles in getting dance music recorded. He was also one of the primary financial backers of the Paradise Garage and as such was instrumental in getting the club off the ground.
People sometimes complain about collections devoted to famous DJs or dance clubs because they don’t capture what it was really like to have been there, in part because they have breaks between songs which were mixed to be a continuous stream of music in the club. 'Live at the Paradise Garage' solves this problem and Levan’s extended breaks and connections between tracks are the most interesting part of the set.
What Levan and the other great DJs of the time like David Mancuso and Nicky Siano excelled at was communicating with the dancers in a two-way conversation that turned the music/dance amalgam into a creative experience equally shared by DJ and dancers. The sequence of songs, the way intros and breaks were extended or not, the EQ settings for particular songs were all manipulated on the fly by the DJ to produce the desired effect at the moment. Songs would be played again and again but they wouldn’t be played the same way each time because the mood on the dancefloor would be different from one time to the next. It was about the right here and right now and that experience can almost be tasted here.

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Side 1.

1. Bourgie Bourgie * Ashford & Simpson
2. It’s Music * Damon Harris
3. At Midnight * T Connection
4. Put Your Body In It * Stephanie Mills
5. Dreaming A Dream * Crown Heights Affair
6. By The Way You Dance * Bunny Sigler
7. Right In The Socket * Shalamar
8. Take Me Home * Cher
9. Pick Me Up I’ll Dance * Melba Moore
10. Funk Train * Munich Machine
11. Here We Go Again * People’s Choice

Side 2.

1. Here We Go Again * People’s Choice
2. Bad Mouthin’ * Motown Sounds
3. Let Yourself Go * Supremes
4. Angel In My Pocket * Change
5. Smack Dab In The Middle * Janice McClain
6. Sun...Sun...Sun * Jakki
7. Trinidad * John Gibbs and the U.S. Steel Band
8. My First Mistake * Chilites
9. Erucu * Jermaine Jackson

Download: Larry Levan. Live At The Paradise Garage. 1979. Side 1.

Download: Larry Levan. Live At The Paradise Garage. 1979. Side 2.

Till next time.
Big Love. Moogar. X.

Streetsounds Electro Pres: New York Vs LA Beats

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I'll keep the usual pre-amble mercifully short for a change you'll be pleased to hear but needless to say that ageing B-Boys the region wide can rejoice!!

Back in 1982 the 'Streetsounds' label brought out the first in a collection of albums that brought early electro/hip hop into the UK and were, in my view, second to none and remain benchmark moments in musical history. Speak to any die hard B-Boy or B-Girl and they will probably tell you that the 1st six electro hip hop albums plus the 1st two crucial where probably the best albums Streetsounds ever brought out.
The 'New York Vs LA Beats' album came out a little later in 1985.

New York Side mixed by Mastermind.

1. Afrika Bambaataa & The Soul Sonic Force * Planet Rock
2. Hashim * Al-Naafiysh (The Soul)
3. Captain Rock * The Return Of Captain Rock
4. Aleem * Release Yourself
5. Man Parrish * Hip Hop Be Bop (Don't Stop)
6. Pumpkin * King Of The Beat
7. The B-Boys * Two, Three Break
8. The Russell Brothers * The Party Scene
9. Fresh 3 * M.C.'s Fresh
10. Whodini * Freaks Come Out At Night
11. UTFO * Roxanne, Roxanne

LA Side mixed by Juan Hielscher & Curtis Harvey.

1. L.A. Dream Team * Rockberry Jam
2. Unknown DJ * 808 Beats
3. D.E.F. * D.E.F. Momentum
4. World Class Wreckin' Cru * Surgery
5. Egyptian Lover * Egypt, Egypt
6. World Class Wreckin' Cru * Juice
7. Unknown DJ * Let's Jam
8. Egyptian Lover * Girls
9. Uncle Jamm's Army * Naughty Boy
10. Knights Of The Turntable * Techno-Scratch
11. Knights Of The Turntable * We Are The Knights
12. Chris "The Glove" Taylor * Itchiban Scratch

Download: New York Vs LA Beats Part 1.

Download: New York Vs LA Beats Part 2.

Till next time.
Big love. Moogar. X.

Thursday, 10 September 2009

Coldcut Presents: 70 Minutes Of Madness.

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Right then, Friday's worked it's way round again and this is late, I had intended posting this up yesterday but what with the afternoon spent sitting in a cafe with Fos, eating eggs benedict while leering at the nubiles and a hastily arranged trip to Birmingham I've only just had time to put it together.
Anyhoo the sun is out, it's the start of the weekend and the mood is light so what better time to drop a mix that pretty much reflects perfectly the weather and the general feeling today?
Coldcut were always a natural choice to contribute to the growing 'Journeys by DJ' series. One of the leaders of late 1980s cut n' paste, sample heavy brit dance music and the hosts of the influential “Solid Steel” radio show, the London-based duo of Jonathan More and Matt Black helped connect Grandmaster Flash-style Djing to acid house. Coldcut’s “Beats and Pieces” (included on this set) ranks near M/A/R/R/S’s “Pump Up the Volume” as on of the best collage crossover hits of the era. The duo’s own work—they released a couple of singles and three albums in 1988 and 1989—was frequently overshadowed by the quality of their re-mixes and radio work, so it was of little surprise that their breakthrough was this 1996 mix. Coldcut’s much-praised mix promises “70 Minutes of Madness,” a false claim, really, for a record that blends multiple genres of music into a largely two-speed, yet still sometimes thrilling, stew. (Like the Avalanches’ Since I Left You and Primal Scream’s Screamadelica it adheres to a policy of building the beats and tempos on its first half before providing a second-half comedown.)
Coldcut were already up to these genre-hopping tricks over 10 years previous to this mix's release though, and had honed their skills for mixing and mashing disperate genres and beats but this mix remains the pinnacle of these sonic experiments. Within these 36 tracks are almost every type of music available, long before the hype surrounding "eclectic" or "bar-club" DJs. Remember, Coldcut were doing it well before the 'Radio Soulwax' mixes and all the legion of immitators.
There are dozens of individual stand out moments from this mix: the overlaying of Junior Reid's dub with storming Drum n Bass; the Jhelisa accapella over DJ Food, Luke Slater's sweeping pads. Shot all the way through with moments of humour, most notably, "Can your heart stand the shocking truth of grave robbers from outer space?".
But in these moments of brilliance is an overall structure that is fresh and inventive and brilliantly executed. Opening with Drum n Bass, moving through to Avant-garde techno, to Jackin' Hip-Hop beats, and finishing with laid-back, deep, ahem, cough, 'Trip-Hop,' it still remains musical programming at its finest.
Hope you enjoy it.

Download 'Coldcut Present: 70 Minutes Of Madness'.

1. Bola - Philorine
2. Street Beats Vol.2 - Truper
3. One Blood - Reid, Junior
4. Jam On Revenge - Newcleus
5. Extreme Possibilities - 2 Player
6. King Ashabanapal - Funki Porcini
7. Noddy Holder - Jedi Knights
8. Fuk - Plastikman
9. Mo Beats - Coldcut
10. Manganese In Deep Violet - Bedouin Ascent
11. African Drug - Holroyd, Bob
12. If There Was No Gravity - Air Liquide
13. Beats And Pieces - Coldcut
14. Greedy Beat - Coldcut
15. Music Maker - Coldcut
16. Find A Way - Coldcut & Queen Latifah
17. King Of The Beats - Mantronix
18. Mag - Gescom
19. Bloody Vibes - Masters At Work
20. Trumpet Riff - Corderdos, Raphael
21. Grace - Luke Slaters 7th Pain
22. First Time I Ever Saw Your Face - Law, Joanna
23. Balthus Bemused By Colour - Budd, Harold
24. Into The 90's - Photek
25. Bridge Is Over - Boogie Down Productions
26. Nu Blud - DJ Food
27. Friendly Pressure - Jhelisa
28. Freshness - Hookian Mindz
29. Message From Our Sponsor - Jello Biafra
30. Unify - Pressure Drop
31. Again Son - Love Lee
32. Hot Flush - Red Snapper
33. Dr Who - Grainer, Ron
34. Free - Moody Boyz
35. Dusk - DJ Food

Till next time. Big love.
Moogar. X.

Tuesday, 8 September 2009

David Holmes: Essential Mix. 15/06/97.

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When David Holmes constructed an essential Mix for Pete Tong's Radio 1 show, it marked a watershed moment in his career. The end product of this was a mix that's still widely regarded by many as THE best 'Essential Mix' ever.
David Holmes' classic from 1997 is 2 hours of rare grooves and psychedelic trips that may at times seem jumbled and rambling to some. however, this is Holmes' genius at work. The mix of of big brass horns, freak-beat, sitars, Northern Soul rarities and garage rock creates a very intimate listening experience. You get the feeling that Holmes is peering over your shoulder going "Ooh, jam this on, this is a great track!" and is hurriedly chucking records at you to put on the decks. He is sharing with us his favourite stuff, which is very different from his own work, yet was undoubtedly influential in creating this dark, funky sound. Standout tracks are too many to mention but special mention has to go to Holmes to opening proceedings with Nancy Wilson's brilliant 'Ode To Billy Joe' and managing to cram Ike & Tina Turners incendiary 'Bold Soul Sister', Marlena Shaw's magnificent version of 'California Soul' (A record SO good if doesn't put a smile on your face, then you are a terminal depressive. Seriously!) and the Trinidad Steel Drummers nuts cover of 'Cissy Strut' in the first 15 minutes. Just absolute class.
Anyway, I'll cut this short and let you get to the music now. Just to say that it was a pioneering mix when it was broadcast and any time you play it, you can guarantee somebody will always what it is to it. Even better then, the sign of a great mix!

Nancy Wilson * Ode To Billie Joe
Lou Rawls * For What Its Worth
Marlina Shaw * California Soul
Ike & Tina Turner * Bold Soul Sister
J. Brown * Shhhh (For A Little While)
The Other Brothers * Hole In The Wall
James Brown * Fat Bag
Trinidad Steel Drummers * Cissy Strut
Serge Gamsbourg * DJ Melody
Prolen Steak Popcord * I Know
Storr & Things * Sounds Of The City Experience
Quincy Jones * Up Against The Wall
Blackout * Vess And The Airdales
Johnny Jones & The King Canibals * Purple Haze
Robin Orchestra * Sex Machine
Fastcracks, Bugs & Raches * The Purpose
Damn Sam The Miracle Man * untitled
Jimmy Smith * Rootdown
Roray Brown * Coming & Going
Billy Paul * Untitled
Light My Fire * Untitled
Marlena Shaw * Woman Of The Ghetto
Dave Pike * I Got The Feeling
Smokey Joes LA LA * Googie Rene Combo
Ray Barretto * Soul Drummers
Ray Barretto * Right On
Harley River Drive * Seeds Of Life
Black Rite * Mondingo
Dick Hyman * Give It Up Turn It Loose
Anandar Shankar * Dancing Drums
John Schroder * Light My Fire
Jimmy Hendrix * Crosstown Traffic

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Download 'David Holmes': Essential Mix 1997.

Till Next Time.
Big Love. Moogar. X.

Monday, 7 September 2009

Andrew Weatherall Pres: The 9 0'Clock Drop

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Seeing as we're posting a few of our favourite mixes/compilations from our favourite DJ's/Producers at the minute it seemed only fitting to throw this up. This collection sneaked out in a very 'under the radar' type of way back in 2000 and in the compilation-eat-compilation world of dance music where everyone claims his or her collection is something special, but 99 percent of those are nothing but a memory by the time the next copy of Mixmag hits the newsagents, it's was left to Andrew Weatherall to put together 'The 9 O'Clock Drop' on which he proved himself to be a prospector nonpareil when it comes to mining the late '70s and early '80s roots-of-electronic-music. (In the same vein that Rhino's 'Machine Soul' tried to tap with markedly less success.) The 13 tracks represent a broad range of styles, from experimental-industrial (23 Skidoo) to reggae (Aswad and, less obviously, Colourbox) to new wave (Chris and Cosey, the Normal) to the completely indescribable (Mad Professor's dub shakedown of "400 Blows"). Whoever says they're already familiar with every single cut here is simply a big fat liar, and that's what's so great about '9 O'Clock Drop'. It's a genre-defining compilation, bringing together a bunch of seemingly disparate bands. An excellent collection of mostly beat-oriented cult classics from the 80's featuring a few rare gems such as 'Gina X' and '23 Skidoo'. The key here to Weatherall's concept is the fusion of traditional rock and punk elements and attitudes with the more complex rhythmic structures of funk and reggae. Since bands like Radio 4, The Rapture and mainly LCD Soundsystem became 'overground' success', the music and clubs of the late 70s and early 80s that they and James Murphy's DFA label look increasingly towards, are now more than ever being recognised as a time of great cultural ferment, with the mixing of black and white styles of music creating a new synthesis. All the tracks on this album demonstrate this change, and the music still manages to sound incredibly vibrant even today and it's the 80's production values - heaps of electronics - paradoxically that make these records sound amazingly contemporary, the first truly global music. If this type of gear floats your boat then you could also do a lot worse than look into another compilation from the legendary Nuphonic label called 'Disco (Not Disco)' which chronicles the NY scene of the same period. A good compilation and a great album with one surprise following another. Nuphonic also released another excellent comp. Their 'David Mancuso presents The Loft' series also chronicles the very best of underground disco from the 70s to the 90s, and is highly recommended as a great complement to 9 o'Clock Drop.

Anyhoo, I had intended on posting up an old David Holmes mix today but seeing as the chaps across at the excellent Boys Own facebook group posted up '9 o'Clock Drop' just a couple of days ago I figured I'd follow suite. I'll post the intended Holmes mix later this week. But for now, hope you enjoy this compilation it as much as I have over the years.

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1. Nice mover - gina x performance
2. Dominatrix sleeps tonite - dominatrix
3. Coup - 23 skidoo
4. My spine (is the bassline) - shriekback
5. Genius - quando quango
6. Water line - a certain ratio
7. Vegas el bandito - 23 skidoo
8. Black and white mix up - 400 blows
9. P2E remix - torch song
10. Warm leatherette - the normal
11. October (love song)'86 version - chris and cosey
12. Looks like we're shy one horse - colourbox
13. Warrior charge - aswad

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Till next time.
Big Love. Moogar. X.

Sunday, 6 September 2009

Optimo Pres: In Order To Edit. Vol 1.

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Bonus post for you cats this week in the shape of a brilliant mix that's been kicking about for a little while. Now anyone who's even had a passing interest in dance music since the early 90's will be able to tell you how important Belgium's legendary 'R&S Records' were. Home to some of the defining moments of electronic music from Beltram's'Energy Flash', Aphex Twins 'Analogue Bubblebath E.P.', CJ Bollands 'Horsepower E.P.s', Outlanders 'Vamp', Golden Girls 'Kinetic' to early releases from Nexus 21 (who went on to become Altern8!)
Anyhow, this is the first album in a new series from the seminal label, with the concept being to give various DJ's carte-Blanche on their back catalogue and the compiler re-editing every track and creating a unique mix.
First up, cult hero and alround nice bloke 'JD Twitch' from Glasgow's brilliant 'Optimo' is the first DJ/Producer to get the order. He's taken 21 of the label's tracks, edited them and mixed them into one continuous flow of Belgian madness. We were lucky enough to have Twitch come down to Newcastle recently and play at 'Jukebox' where he played an absolute blinder, and as you would expect from Twitch if you've saw him there or have been lucky enough to catch him about, this mix continues the trend of being nothing short of brilliant.

Buy the original 'Optimo Presents: In Order To Edit', CD here.

1. Fatal Error - Fatal Error Intro
2. Spectrum - Spectral Amplification
3. Spock Jr - Ion Boccaccio Edit
4. Joey Beltram - Energy Flash
5. Direct - Let It Ride
6. Mental Mayhem - Joeys Riot
7. Joey Beltram - Sub-Bass Experience
8. Mundo Muzique - Acid Pandemonium
9. Autonation - Sit On The Bass
10. Mantrax - Untitled
11. Speedjack - Storm
12. The Mover - Nightflight Nonstop To Kaos
13. Mescalinium United - We Have Arrived
14. Jam And Spoon - My First Fantastic Ff
15. Cj Bolland - Horsepower Remix
16. Sonic Solution - Bagdad
17. Capricorn - 20hz
18. Dhs - House Of God
19. Au-Ziq - Phi 1700 U V
20. Aphex Twin - Analogue Bubblebath
21. Mundo Muzique - Andromeda
22. Jaydee - Plastic Dreams

Download 'Optimo Presents: In Order To Edit', by clicking here.

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Well Geoff's away to Butlins for the week and I'm just plain lazy so there's a go slow here at Tourist Towers this week, hence the reason that I've decided that, rather than go to the effort and take the time out to actually think of some original shite to type up I've taken the opportunity to post one of literally 3 e-mails we've received to Tourist H.Q. asking for our help/opinions. This week the correspondence comes from a particularly astute young man by the name of Godfrey Bumblesquat, whom I can only assume is a credit to his parents, has cracking taste in music and is no doubt a very handsome chap.

Godfrey's Letter.

Dear lads,
If you ask me there's too much ignorance and prejudice in the world. Divisions between rich and poor, differing religions, beautiful and ugly people, intelligent and not so bright etc. All these differences are irrelevant in the eye's of Jesus who was himself a filthy hippy who never did a days work in his life and spent much of his time bossing people about in a sickeningly self righteous manner. Nothing wrong with that! Nowadays everyone thinks he's the bee's knees, see that's the verdict of history for you. He wasn't fussy about who joined his gang - gypsies, tramps and thieves the lot of them - so why shouldn't we be? See, there's still a lot wrong with the world we live in that should be addressed before these minor issues innit. On a personal note, I am, for instance, thoroughly sick of this North/South divide, as well as the ongoing Balearic - Disco wars that blight our inner cities and have taken the lives of so many of our impoverished and overweight thirty somethings. Anyway, while I'm on the subject of gangs, fish and chips, steak and kidney, tripe and onions, bacon, lettuce and tomato!? Whats wrong with all these foodstuffs that they feel the need to hang around in gangs of twos or threes to prove themselves. They're like latchkey schoolkids whose mums won't let them in the council flat till 7:30 because they themselves are too busy entertaining wealthy 'gentlemen' callers to top up their insultingly meagre supplementary allowance? It's not big and it's not clever, but who can blame them! Discarded by a social system that condemns them to a life of impoverished desperation, an education system that has failed them and a society that couldn't care less. No wonder they end up on drugs and dabbling with street crime and eventually in prison! Well, better that than merely lying down and taking it up the proverbial arse from a greedy hypocritical middle class whose grandfathers got rich sending the children of their employees up the chimneys of the factories used to manufacture the guns and bullets which were later used against them in two (lets face it) financially motivated world wars. It makes me sick. So does liver and bacon. We are all of us in the gutter but some of us are looking to the stars, so comrades, rise up and break the shackles of international capital. Seize the reins of power. Call me a dreamer if you must, but what's wrong with that - think of Leonardo Da Vinci and his inventions, Einstein and his theories, Captain Birdseye with his advanced food refrigeration techniques, were they not all dreamers too? dreamers who dared to wake up and dream!
Yours righteously.
Godfrey Bumblesquat Esq.
Fos' Couch.

Reet then, some absolute stormers for you rasclarts this week. The long, warm Summer days may be rapidly shortening and cooling but that's no reason to ease up on the tropical beats! So I've basted and marinaded a bunch of serious sizzlers for your delectation. First up some right tasty summer vibes courteousy of Italian's 'Billy Bogus & Sal'. Enzo Ponzio gets busy on the mix of 'Terror Island' from the excellent 'Hibernation Vol 1' compilation on Steve Kotey's 'Bearfunk' label. Also from Bearfunk, I've posted a track from Portugal's premier purveyor of laid back Latin grooves, Humberto Matias in his 'Social Disco Club' disguise. He delivers Mediterranean spiced disco grooves which are ably brushed up by Mr Greg Wilson. Proper flavour. There's a couple of edits I've been meaning to post for a while now on here, the Eli Escobar edit of Bowie's 'This Is Not America' and a real dreamy edit of Fleetwood Mac's 'Brown Eyes. Both excellent tracks and WELL worth a listen if you like your disco a bit deeper. If you are that way inclined then you'll DEFINITELY be wanting to check out a couple of other little gems on here this week, if I can direct you firstly to a cheeky number that comes from one of Newcastle's (via-Pee-to-tha-mutha-fuckin'-Lee!) premier flamboyant vest wearer's, Mr '586' himself, Tony Daley and his very nice edit of Georgio Moroders 'Here To Eternity'. There's more deep edit action from a couple of shadowy local characters too in the shape of the 'Handsome Northerners' who've spilled a little disco magic across one of my favourite Talking Heads tracks, 'Slippery People'. Finally, while I'm in the mood for some late 70's New York East-Village style disco I've bunged another old favourite of mine on with The Tubes - 'Slipped My Disco'.
Hope you enjoy them.

Billy Bogus & Sal * Terror Island (Enzo Ponzio Mix)

The Tubes * Slipped My Disco

David Bowie * This Is Not america (Eli Escobar Edit)

Georgio Moroder * Here To Eternity (586 Edit)

Social Disco Club * The Way You Move (Greg Wilson Version)

Fleetwood Mac * Brown Eyes (Maulongated Version)

Talking Heads * Slippery People (Handsome Northerners Edit)

Roxy Music * Avalon (Lindstrom & Prins Thomas Edit)

Ian Dury & The Blockheads * Reasons To Be Cheerful Pt 3.

Till next week.
Big Love. Moogar X.

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Tuesday, 1 September 2009

H.O.M. (Helping Old Men)
Sponsor An Old Man And See The Difference.

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Throughout the developing streets of Wallsend, Byker and Bensham, it is a stark fact that thousands upon thousands of old men, often widowers, are lonely and dressed in unsavoury clothes. Pensions don't go far today and life is no picnic for many of them. After 40 or more years of backbreaking labour in the bookies and signing on, their carpets are dirty, their food is undercooked and they are overrun with Guinness. It's a disgrace. Perhaps the greatest tragedy of all this is the systematic abolition from public houses of their preferred tipple - mild - in favour of gassy lagers and vitamin-free alcopops. Given access to their nutritious mild, with or without pork scratchings, these old men could live long and fruitful lives, breaking out of the cycle of misery forever. And that's where HOM, with your support, can help.
When you sponsor an old man with H.O.M. you won't only be helping that old man - you'll be supporting his community too. Working with the community, H.O.M. establishes what needs are greatest and then directs its energies to fulfil them. It may be help with shopping, bathing, prostate problems or bowling. Whatever your sponsorship supports, you can be sure that your monthly contribution will improve, even save, lives - now and in the future.

Experience the joy of sponsoring an old man:
When you sponsor an old man, you are not left wondering what difference your money has made. One of the most important aspects of H.O.M.s work is facilitating the exchange of letters and photos between you and your sponsored old timer. Through these letters you will be able to chart his progress for yourself, and you, your sponsored old man and your respective families will learn about very different ways of life. As each of his bus passes expires you will be sent a photocopy of it for your records.

Sponsoring an old man today is easy:
How often do you get the chance to improve the life of not just one old man, but also the lives of his family, friends and the people he plays dominoes with? Sponsorship costs just £5 per month - that's under 17p pence per day - and can make a world of difference to an old man who will become a part of your life.

Letter From A Satisfied Old Man:
Dear H.O.M.
I just had to write to tell you about my potatoe peeler. It's fixed and it's all down to your sponsorship thing. Not only that, but the £5 I receive each week from the Chadwicks has enabled me to trade up to Royals and pay off my tab at William Hill. It's a wonderful thing you've done for me.
Yours Sincerely,
Ron Gillespie.

Letter from a satisfied sponsor:
Dear H.O.M.
When we first began sponsoring Pete he was severely underweight had fallen into disrepair and had a hole in his foot. Now he is a chipper 78-year-old with clean socks, two new hips and a proper shed.
Bob and Cheryl Comanche,
South Gosforth.

We currently have 3 'new' old men that we're looking to enter into the programme. Below is a rundown of their case studies for you to have a look at.

Name: Horace Tupper.
Age: 83.
Place Of Birth: Bensham.
Horace did not complete his education, spending his teenage years down a tin mine. As an adult he did 45 years' service as nightwatchmen at a cabbage silo. Sustained by a diet of butchers' tripe, he cannot afford any teeth and has only basic furnishings in his flat.

Name: Reg Cartwright.
Age: 78.
Place Of Birth: Battle Hill.
Despite 60 years at Royal Doulton, reg is forced to eke out a meagre existence collecting twigs for the council. His home is an old Vauxhall Corsa without running water or waste disposal facilities. He burns his rubbish outside in an oil drum and uses tree sap to style his remaining hair.

Name: Alf Tweeds.
Age: 81.
Place Of Birth: Wallsend.
Alf lives with his slippers in a house overrun with rolling tobacco and no indoor latrine. Scared to venture outside, he wraps all his stools in newspaper and keeps them in the spare room. Careworkers once found a teabag deep inside his ear.

Right then, time for some new tunes. A bumper bag of absolute belters this week covering everything from broken-beat to synth pop to disco to punk-funk to techno and back again. I'll spare you the usual half page of self indulgent musical wankery this time so just dive in and enjoy.

Destroyer * Bay Of Pigs

Tame Impala * H.F.G.W. (Canyons Drunken Rage Edit)

LCD Soundsystem * Jump In The Fire

Crazy P * Caught UP (Still Going Vox Edit)

Esther Phillips * All The Way Down (Leftside Wobble Edit)

Mark Farina Feat Sean Hayes * Dream Machine (Downtempo Edit)

Floating Points * K G Beat

Moxie Disco Edits * Beyond Jupiter

Heartbreak * We're Back (Vitalic Remix)

Till next time. Big Love.
Moogar. X.

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